Human Services

Overview

The Human Services Program is an interdisciplinary major in the College of Arts and Sciences. The major requires courses in human services, psychology, sociology, and other fields. The mission of the Human Services Program is to provide students with the theoretical and skill based background necessary to practice in macro, mezzo, and micro arenas such as political advocacy, community development and direct service. Students take basic foundation courses, skills courses, complete intensive fieldwork internships in the Boston Area agencies. Human Services is one of the fastest growing professions in the Nation. The curriculum affords students the opportunity to acquire fundamental attitudes, knowledge, and skills that may lead to careers broadly defined as the “helping professions.”

Concentrations: Administration and Policy; Applied Behavior Analysis; Counseling Psychology; Deaf Studies; Family and Children Services; and Social Justice, Identity, and Religion.

Department Website

Human Services and MS Human Services

Job Titles

Case Worker*: Grant Writer
   -Adoption Health Educator
   -Crisis Intervention Intake Interviewer
   -Child Care Life Skills Instructor
Community Activist Management Trainee
Community Outreach Coordinator Occupational Therapist Aide
Corrections Officer Patient Advocate
Counselor Aide/ Therapeutic Assistant Teen Parent Educator
Counselor*: Training Specialist
   -Family and Marriage Social Service Assistant
   -Vocational/Educational Victim Assistance Coordinator
  – Rehabilitation Youth or Volunteer Coordinator
   -Mental Health Youth Services Coordinator
   -Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Youth Worker

Positions that require additional education or training are indicated by a (*).
Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience.
Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interest as possible,
including Co-op and internships.

Employers

Adoption Agencies Hospitals
Colleges and Universities Mental Health Agencies
Community Centers Private Treatment Facilities
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers Recreational Facilities (i.e., YMCA or YWCA)
Government Agencies Senior or Assisted Living Centers
Group Homes and Halfway Houses Victim Services Organizations

Internships

These sample titles can be used to research internship opportunities in the field.

  • Social Service Administration Intern
  • Program/Volunteer Coordinator Intern
  • Advocacy Intern

To search for internship opportunities, log in to HuskyCareerLink, Career Services’ online job and internship database for opportunities with employers seeking to hire NU students.

Co-ops

For more information, please visit the department’s website.

Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies may click here for co-op and internship information.

Resources

The following resources include various websites and campus resources that will aid you in exploring this career field and industry.

Career & Job Websites

Campus Organizations & Activities

*For additional student organizations click here.
*For additional student activities click
here.

Professional Associations

Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professionals in the field you may contact for informational interview requests and networking opportunities.

 Social Media

Sample LinkedIn.com Groups providing resources such as industry trends, company information, job listings, and networking opportunities within the field: